Monday, May 26, 2008

BBQ day!

more of the may 22 thru 25th 2008

Family Days 1, 2 & 3

Thursday, may 22nd Phil arrived at TIA, rented a car, drove to Grandma Joyces and then down to see Molly!

Friday, May 23rd

3 AM, Derek and Jen arrive via car.

5:30 pm, Brother Jack arrives from Witchita Kansas via American Airlines

8:30 pm Jack, Jen, Derek and Denise go bowling!
Bowling order goes: Derek, Jen, Jack, Denise and later on Caelum is added to the list. we bowled at "the alley" which just opened up 1 1/2 miles from my house. what fun!

Wednesday, May 14, 2008

the sewing room RE-do into temporary guest room makeover

the before pics

well the pictures after a whole ton of stuff had been removed from the room in some form: trashed, sorted to garage; trashed!

The AFTER pictures of the sewing room RE-do

The AFTER Pics!

Well, the mid-way to temporary guest room pics. i will move the sewing cabinet and teh cutting table back under the window against the wall so the room will accomodate a twin air mattress for my brother's visit. After he leaves it will go back to a sewing room with the machine and cutting table facing each other in the center of the wall/window/room. why i did not think of that arrangement in all these 20 years of being there, i haven't a clue!

Yes, there are still a LOT of things hanging around and stuck on shelves, but it so much better than before. Trust me! And the floor I actually have a floor in that room. Not a deep hole all the way to China.

My cutting table is made from two Lowe's ventilated basket shelves with 4 or 5 drawers each. On top of them is a piece of laminate board that is 24" x 48" in length. the cutting mat is the largest size i can fit on top of that size board. One of these days I'm going to go back to Lowe's and see if they still sell the wheels to put under the shelving basket units. it would make them about 6" higher and so much easier on my back. But then, I'd have to figure out what to do when quilting a large quilt. see below.

With the sewing machine cabinet facing the cutting table and being withing 1/4" of each other in the "same height" it is suppose to make it much easier to quilt on a regular 'ole machine. Tomorrow night I will test that theory on a t-shirt quilt that is 67" x 88". I'm sure hoping this works/helps etc.

Once my company is gone from the house I'm going to see if there will be enough room to set up the ironing board at the end of the cutting table/sewing machine cabinet area and move the set the iron up on the fold down portion of the dark brown shelving unit shown in the before pictures. then i will not be warping my cutting mat, burning myself while cutting and so on and so on while working in the room.

Now that I have commited this to "paper" I'm hoping I will stick with the clean room and actually make some progress on using up some of my stash.

there is a mid-sized list of quilts that need to be done first and then I can begin making them for my side of the family and then I can start just making them because i want to do "that" pattern, or use up "that" stash. Won't this be fun?

Hall Bathroom RE-do

I had typed a very nice post and then the dang thing did not "post" ~ I got some error message. Like that would appease me?

anyway. I'm going to try and post the pics in three separate posts and see if that helps the silly blogger evil-gods.

hall Bathrrom RE-do post two

hall Bathrrom RE-do post three

More Memorial Tree pictures nearly one year later!

My last post to this blog was over 9 months ago. Much has happened in that time and I'll get to some of it in another post, but I want to share some pictures of the Lovely Royal Empress tree we purchased as a memorial for our two dogs, Snicker and Choco in 2007

The three pictures above were taken on March 18th, 2008 and the one to the left, where my husband is out watering some of the plants in the yard, was taken yesterday, May 13th, 2008.

In the "stick with flowers" picture above, the tree is over 6 feet tall! In the most recent picture the tree is so much taller than that! The huge leaves in the picture are even bigger than you might imagine. They are greater than two stretched-out hands of mine (about 16") side by side. And they are so soft that if I ever had to be lost in a jungle without a bed to lie on, I'd lay on a bed of those soft, pliable leaves happily.

Below are pictures of our recent additions to the yard. My husband decided that we should look out our back office windows and see bird feeders! Well, we saw a LOT of birds this Spring and found out that sunflowers are THEEE thing to feed them LOL. Well at least in "bird" opinion. And we have squirrels that come and visit us.

Also take March 18th, 2008 this shows the beginning of our bird feeder addiction. Actually the smaller single shepherd's hook was first and it had the large bird feeder on the right hung on it. that one has solar lights that glow off and on all night long. I have yet to see a night feeding anything on the birdfeeder so the solar option was probably wasted on the animals. It makes a good conversation starter though. wink wink
This picture was taken yesterday May 13th, 2008. It clearly shows many sunflower plants growing from the seeds missed by the birds and gives you an idea of the size of our backyard.
Neal dug out most of the grass and put in a black plastic edging so the sunflowers and assorted birdseed growing plants would not get mowed over with the rest of the lawn. We have some interesting plants growing in there right now. Some even looks like corn plants and that was before he bought the squirrel feeder.
The Royal Empress tree is way in the back of the middle of the picture. The portion of the Australian Pine shown to the left of the Royal Empress tree was a Christmas gift from our neighbor Renee' when Caelum was just a toddler. He might have been two or three and he is 20 this past December! That tree (trees-two are in the grouping) is so high I can't even estimate how tall it truly is!
In this picture you can see a close up of the squirrel feeder Neal just bought. The box on the left is set up so they have to open it to eat from it. Now if *I* were a squirrel I would just continue to jump up on the double shepherd's hook pole to the solar lighting birdfeeder and get my sunflowers there. And guess what? That is what they do!
So now you have seen a bit of the way we have been amusing ourselves in our back yard. Oh and these pictures from yesterday? They were taken from my sewing room window. That is the view I have now that I can actually get to my sewing table. and that takes me to the next post! the sewing room re-do. Or CLEAN-do. RE-do to come later this Fall hopefully.
lots of animal friends wished for you,